New York

Richard Meier

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

If Richard Meier’s buildings and sculptures were before and after photographs, nothing less than a nuclear apocalypse would lie between them. While his clean, white, pristine buildings all stem from a rationalist, Modernist tradition, Meier’s sculptures look more like architectural models for the end of the world. Useless platforms, passageways that end abruptly, precarious towers of obscure purpose, ruptured cubicles, tortured metal armatures, steel excrescences that look less like decorative motifs than unneeded prosthetics—it all gives the impression of a bomb dropped into a planned community. There is still something rationalist about the way Meier approaches these sculptures: he collects the occasional found object and scraps of models from his studio in L.A., ties them together, makes ceramic molds of them, and then casts the agglomerations in stainless steel. It’s a methodical

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